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  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a read

  • By T. Owen on 19-11-17

Well worth a listen, if you have the stamina.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-19

This book has everything that great about Stephen King, and that is very good indeed. It also has everything that is bad about Stephen King, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't try. It is over-long, some sections drag, some of King's down-home folksiness and porch-step philosophising can be a bit tedious BUT it is still a tour de force. And downright scary. We ALLLLLL float....

  • H.G. Wells: The Science Fiction Collection

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, and others
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Known as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, Herbert George Wells’ writing career spanned over 60 years. He was a writer of novels, short stories, nonfiction books and articles. As a young man, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, sparking his infamous vocation as a science fiction writer. Introduced by film director and H. G. Wells fanboy Eli Roth, this collection features unabridged recordings of the novels performed by Hugh Bonneville, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Okonedo, David Tennant and Alexander Vlahos.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant stories!

  • By Kazzakirk on 25-04-19

Great stuff.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-19

I'm very familiar with the stories but these narrators are just smashing, a really fresh experience listening to books I first read forty-odd years ago.

Skip over Eli Roth's intro though, he has nothing much to say and less than that to add.

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Moon

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one. An enemy not hindered by the lack of air or warmth or sustenance. An enemy that is already dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Danger! There be Monsters Here!

  • By Simon on 16-02-19

Bit of a let down after the earlier novels.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Not sure why this has been linked into a series with "14" and "The Fold". It's OK but nothing new and it's light-weight stuff, even compared to some of Clines other stuff. It passed a wet weekend... but it's not one for multiple listens...

  • Alien: The Cold Forge

  • The Alien Series
  • By: Alex White
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place: the facility known as "The Cold Forge". Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why can’t the movies be this good?

  • By Raph on 05-08-18

Ok but not a classic.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-19

Passed some time for me but it's not one to revisit too often, if at all. If it'd been edited down to about 9 hours it would have been a lot better, some scenes drag on a bit and some scenes could just be removed to no detriment.

  • Fathomless

  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

In Fathomless, the greatest predator the world has ever known is coming home in 2016. Carcharodon megalodon. The largest and most fearsome predator to have ever existed on our planet. Rumours of its existence in our modern oceans have persisted for centuries. Now, in a new adventure, the rumours explode into brutal and terrifying reality in Fathomless, by Greig Beck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen.

  • By anthony on 26-01-17

Good stuff, lots better than "The Meg"...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Thoroughly enjoyable horror/sc-fi/thriller with a great big fish. Ideal Winter listening, strongly recommended if you like this sort of thing. It's basically "The Meg" with (slightly) better science and considerably better writing.

One caveat: be prepared to have Mr Mangan pronounce Megalodon as "mega-load-on" all the way through. It really grates but after the first forty or so times I got so I could ignore it. Apparently he gets it right in book 2, so that's all right.

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  • Jaws

  • By: Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by: Erik Steele
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was number 48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted number-one spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my all time favourite books

  • By Steffiwinkle on 17-08-15

Not bad. Not brilliant, not rubbish just...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Nicely read by Mr Steele and an engaging enough listen but Benchley is a complete hack and the sex scenes are just embarrassingly out of place.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,409

The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • BITTY BOOK

  • By David Paterson on 28-12-17

Awful book, just terrible. Dull and muddy.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Not as bad as Lagercrantz's first "attempt" at butchering Steig Larsson's legacy but that is the faintest of praise. It's just boring, confused and silly. Even the usually reliable Mr Reichlin seems to have lost the will to live while reading it.

I very rarely fail to finish a book but I have just listened to chapter 8 for the third time and I still cannot concentrate to the end and don't know what happened. Life is too short and there are too many good reads out there for this to be worth the effort. Wish it were possible to register zero stars.

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,233

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry, terrible!

  • By DKHerts on 14-11-18

Dear lord but this is terrible. And dull.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Loved the Larsson books, innovative, fast-paced and well-written for translated genre fiction. This book, however, is just bad. Lagercrantz is a lazy writer: he has fundamentally changed the main character's personalities, his understanding of what Larsson did so easily is zero, the dialogue clunks like it was written by children, the story is tedious, contrived and confusing. Just a rubbish cash-in and a betrayal of Stieg Larsson's fiction: Larsson was a good man who made powerful points about modern society. Lagercrantz is a hack. And not a good one. Larsson's family (this is their fault, check out how they have acted towards Larsson's legacy) should be ashamed.

If you liked the first three Salander books just don't bother with this, you'll probably hate it. If you finish it, that is.

Saul Reichlin does his usual, workmanlike job of reading but I don't think he got anywhere near as much pleasure out of the job as he did with the first three.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,137

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Excellent book, beautifully read.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Thoroughly enjoyable story, British scifi/horror at it's best, reminiscent of a Wyndham tale and none the worse for it. Strongly influenced by Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" but with some interesting twists on the ideas.

Thoroughly recommended both for the book itself and for the flawless reading by Ms Williams, who is a delight to listen to.

  • The Gripping Hand

  • By: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Waited for more

  • By Mara on 07-07-14

Bit of a let down after the first one.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-18

"The Mote In God's Eye" is deservedly considered a classic, I can't recommend it highly enough. Sadly, none of this is true of this book, which is slow, wordy and dull with too many characters, too many ships, and not enough meat. Returned it unfinished, something I very rarely do.